7 of the Best Hypnotherapy Training Courses

December 30, 2022

Choosing the best hypnotherapy training for you depends on a number of factors, including location, time, whether or not you want to practice on clients, and cost. You may also need to consider whether you want to attend training in-person or online, and whether you prefer to focus on any specialist areas.

Below we’ve put together a list of some of the UK’s best hypnotherapist training providers, some of the best courses, and how much it might cost you to become a qualified hypnotherapist.

Hypnotherapist training providers

If you’re interested in becoming a certified hypnotherapist, you will likely want to consider a Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma (HPD), which is only offered by providers accredited by the National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH). An HPD is considered one of the most highly regarded qualifications a hypnotherapist can obtain and is suitable for those wanting to practice professionally.

In order to become an NCH-accredited training provider, there are a number of standards that must be met:

  • Minimum of 120 hours classroom teaching
  • Occupational competence as trainers and experienced practitioners
  • Learning programme covers all the HPD outcomes
  • Schools provide the appropriate level of teaching, support, tutoring and assessment to enable all students to gain the NCH (HPD) if they choose to

In the UK there are currently more than 40 accredited hypnotherapy training providers. Below is just a small selection you may want to consider before you begin your training.


Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy School

With more than 30 schools across the UK and beyond, Clifton Practice Hypnotherapy School shouldn’t be too far from any students interested in practicing hypnotherapy.

Hypnotherapy courses are suitable for beginners or those with experience in a similar field, and cover everything from the basics to setting up your own business. Learning is done over 10 modules and involves 120 hours of classroom sessions. It can be done full-time or over weekends for those in existing employment.

Costs are £2,950 in full or £295 per month.


UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences

The UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences is based in the Southwest and offers a 450-hour course that is taken part-time over the course of a year. A number of experienced tutors work with students to provide them with in-depth knowledge and prepare them for a career in hypnotherapy.

The cost of the course is £2,675.


The Quest Institute

The Quest Institute, based in Cornwall, provides three courses including an 11-month hypnotherapy diploma and an 8-month course to become a Cognitive Hypnotherapy Master Practitioner. Learning is done through a combination of in-person sessions and video conferencing.

There is a variety of payment options available and the total costs are approximately £3,525.

Hypnotherapist qualifications and training courses

As we’ve already highlighted, if you’re looking for a highly respected and regarded qualification, a Hypnotherapy in Practice Diploma will enable you to pursue a career in the field.

However, there is a range of certifications, diplomas and higher-education qualifications you may be interested in to expand your knowledge so you can offer the best possible service to your clients.


Certificates are often introductory and will cover the basics such as post-grad certificates and certificates in personal and professional development.

Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course

The Hypnotherapy Practitioner Course at the Centre of Excellence is a 15-module, 150-hour course that is self-directed, and upon completion rewards students with two certificates. Modules cover a variety of topics including stress management, stopping smoking and suggestibility tests.

Learning is all home-based, and the cost is £147.

Certificate in Hypnotherapy

The Certificate in Hypnotherapy from Chrysalis Courses Online is the perfect place to start for those new to Hypnotherapy. Training takes a minimum of four weeks to complete, with three modules covering an introduction to hypnotherapy, knowledge development, and successful relaxation. Assessments are coursework based and there is a useful forum so students can interact.

The course costs £349 or six instalments of £58.16.


Diplomas are the next stage, and include diplomas, post-grad diplomas and medical diplomas. Students should study for a diploma if they wish to become qualified, professional hypnotherapists.

Hypnotherapy Diploma Course

The UK College of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy offers a great introduction to those new to the field and teaches future hypnotherapists 35 techniques. It also ensures that 50% of the course is dedicated to practical exercises.

Costs start from £129.59 per month for online self-directed learning, or £199.50 per month for full training including one-to-one sessions.

Diploma in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Therapies

In Scotland, The Scottish Academy of Hypnosis and Mind Therapies offers a Diploma in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis and Mind Therapies. Courses start at various times throughout the year and are classroom based. Modules cover how to approach meeting the client, working with anxiety and bad habits.

The course costs £2,600 and is taken one weekend per month over 10 months.

Higher education

While there are no hypnotherapy-specific higher-education courses, if you’re interested in pursuing a degree in a field related to hypnotherapy, including a BSC (Bachelor of Science), a MSc (Masters degree), or a doctorate, you may want to consider:

  • Psychology
  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatry
  • Social care
  • Nursing

However, while a higher-education qualification will equip you with specific and in-depth knowledge, it isn’t necessary in order to become a fully qualified hypnotherapist.

Cost of becoming a qualified hypnotherapist

As we’ve already highlighted above, the cost of becoming a fully qualified hypnotherapist in the UK is between £2,500 and £3,500. Many training providers also offer a range of monthly payment plans to help you spread the cost over the duration of the course (with some also requiring a deposit). Courses will usually take around one year to complete.

Next steps after qualifying

Once you’ve completed approximately 120 – 150 hours of training and received your diploma, you’re qualified to begin working with clients.

One consideration is whether you will want to be self-employed and source and treat clients yourself, or work with an existing business (for example, a health spa). There are many advantages and disadvantages to both, and neither is the better choice – it depends on what you want out of your new career as a qualified hypnotherapist.

If you’re looking to become a self-employed hypnotherapist but you’re not sure where to start, an additional course on how to set up a business may be required. However, many hypnotherapy courses do go into detail on how to set up a hypnotherapy business and how to find clients.

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